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nebraska senator chuck hagel into the defense post he's nominated for in president obama's cabinet and yesterday they left town for nine days. joining me now jake sherman, congressional reporter, molly bald, national political reporter at "the atlantic." molly, today's "new york times" california democrat barbara boxer likened the block that republicans like texas senator ted cruz have put on chuck hagel to mccarthyism. what was the point of prolonging this hagel vote until after everyone reconvenes? >> well, i think that republicans started out with some legitimate questions about this, and they would say they're just trying to get those answered and need more time. it was harry reid who called this vote as sort of an attempt to call their bluff saying this is enough, you're delaying this for no reason but i don't think this is going to help the republicans' image especially when they're going around saying we're not actually trying to stop this nomination. we're not actually filibustering, so what are they doing? i think especially for people who are sick of the sort of washington ga
are for picking chuck hagel, i think he wants a republican to go be the foil, if you will, for what he wants to do to the defense department, which i think is do serious, serious damage to our military capabilities. and looks to me, that the president has made choices, in part, based on people who won't argue with him. >> is the vice president right there, in reference to the fact, susan, that hagel could be used as a foil? a republican to go in and cut the defense budget? not someone that's not going to disagree with the president, because we know hagel has sharp elbows, but somebody that can be used as a foil for the cuts? >> i think that the president chose him as his defense secretary because they're in agreement on the big issues that are going to be facing the pentagon. and that includes withdrawing almost all u.s. combat troops from afghanistan by the end of 2014, and some savings in the pentagon. so, i mean, it can't be a surprise that he would choose someone for the -- for his top, you know, for these top cabinet jobs, that are going to be on the side of what he wants to do
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